Example Of Keeping a Dog in a Cage All Day! 5 Easy Steps!

Have you ever wondered what your dogs do while you aren’t at home in the UK? When left alone in the house for hours on end, your furry friends can get anxious or make a big mess. To keep your dog safe and comfortable while you’re out, you can introduce crate training. Many people, including PETA, consider this cruel, but when done right, keeping a dog in a cage all day can be a viable solution for both you and your pup. 

What You Need to Know About Keeping a Dog in a Cage All Day

How to Properly Use a Crate and Cage

Many pet parents don’t like to crate-train their pets because they think that confinement is cruel. But when done correctly, a crate can give dogs a sense of security, and it’s also an effective way to manage your pets when you’re not around. 

One reason why many people are against crates and cages is that the method can easily be abused. If you plan on crate training your pets, be sure to set appropriate periods coupled with different goals, such as preventing destructive behaviour, house training, and teaching your pet to settle. 

If you teach your dog to love the crate rather than fear it, it becomes his safe place, like how children feel about their bedrooms. A crate or kennel is somewhere your dog can go if they want to be unbothered. It’s perfect for dogs that are tired or anxious. Since dogs have an instinct to be in a den, most can easily adjust to crates. 


How Crate Training Helps Pet Parents

Crate training offers several benefits for pet parents as well. If your pet has a perfectly sized crate, your dog will instinctively keep their space clean. This helps them control their bladder and bowel. 

Additionally, using a crate keeps your pet safe during times when you can’t supervise them directly, such as during night times, when you’re at work (given that your work hours isn’t too long and that your pets regularly gets exercise before and after crate time), when you have visitors, etc.

Another benefit of crate training is that it teaches excitable dogs and puppies to relax and enjoy some downtime in their safe space. To keep them secure and relaxed, place their favourite toys and cosy blankets inside. 


Choosing a Crate for Your Pooch

You need to consider several options when choosing a dog crate, such as materials, size, and safety. With different types of crates available in the market, choosing the best one for your best friend can be overwhelming. 

Here are some of the factors you need to consider when choosing a crate:

Materials Used

Plastic dog crates generally made from poly-blend materials with a steel bar door. These crates are leak-proof and have ventilated side panels. If you’re planning to travel with your pet, airlines usually approve plastic crates. 

If you’re looking for security, portability, and ventilation, wire dog crates may be the best option for you. Many of these crates can fold down to a smaller size for better storage. It’s straightforward to clean because of its open space feature. 

There are dog crates specifically made for travel. These crates are often more durable compared to the ones mentioned above. They offer hardwearing construction, excellent visibility, and maximum ventilation. It’s the perfect type of crate if you frequently fly or drive with your dog. Plus, you can use them for crate training as well, hitting two birds with one stone. 

All of these crates offer universal features that you would expect from a dog crate. But some crates are made for specific needs and preferences. Be sure to observe your dog and figure out what they need when choosing a crate for them. 



Crates come in varying sizes, so you need to make sure that you get the right crate size for your dog. The last thing you want is to have your dog crouch inside a crate that’s too small for them. 

The perfect size depends on the height and length of your pet. The Pet crate should have enough space for your dog to stand without ducking his head below his shoulders. They should also be able to lie down and stretch without any problems comfortably. 

If you’re buying a crate for a puppy, you can purchase one with divider panels so you can adjust the size as your pup grows. Another thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t buy a crate that’s too big either. Dogs have an instinct to keep themselves clean. But if the crate is too big for them, they might relieve themselves in one corner and sleep in another. 



Aside from keeping your furniture safe from your excitable dog, crates can also keep your pet safe from dangerous situations if you aren’t there to look after him. Think of the crate as a child’s car seat. Your pet needs to be appropriately secured when going on long drives. When you place your dog in a crate, be sure to remove his leash so it won’t get stuck and choke your dog. 

Is it Cruel to Keep a Dog in a Crate All Day?

The answer depends on the UK pet owner’s intentions. It’s essential to answer the following questions when it comes to crate training:


  • How do you train your dog to use a crate?
  • Why do you want to crate train your dog?
  • How long are you planning to keep them in the crate?


Many people argue that keeping a dog in a cage all day is inhumane and causes psychological damage. The crate itself doesn’t cause damage, but people can cause harm in the way they misuse the crate. 

If you’re going to put your dog in a crate for more than 12 hours a day, five days a week, then this can cause psychological harm. However, the damage is not because of the crate, per se. The crate acts as a tool you’ve chosen to commit acts of cruelty.

 A leash and a collar are only cruel if you tie your dog to a post most of the day or yank them by their necks. But with proper use of a leash and collar, it becomes a valuable tool that keeps you and your dog safe. No dog likes to be tied to a leash when you put it on for the first time. But pet the UK owners take the time to train their pets until they learn to get used to it. 

The same goes for dog crates. You need to train your dog to get used to staying in a crate. Teach them to see crates as a safe space rather than a prison. Like the leash, using crates properly and sparingly contributes to your furry friend’s safety and well-being. 


Critics’ Take on Crates Causing Psychological Problems

As mentioned, the psychological problems “caused” by crates are a result of crate misuse. Some pet owners in the UK use crates as a punishment tool. When this happens, dogs will see crates as more of a prison rather than a home. 

Some people also use crates for long-term isolation with no interaction or physical activity. This causes obsessive habits (licking, chewing, etc.), separation anxiety, muscular atrophy, withdrawal, and difficulty bonding with other people. 

To keep this from happening to your furry friend, make sure that your dog will only be created for a few hours a day. Crates come in handy during puppy management and training in the early stages of life. When your dog becomes an adult and has become adept at living with humans, he wouldn’t need the crate as often as he used to. 


How Long You Should Leave Your Dog Alone

Compared to adult dogs, puppies find it harder to hold their bladders and bowels. For this reason, puppies should get minimal crate time than older dogs. 

There are different opinions when it comes to crate training puppies. According to the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) say that you shouldn’t leave puppies younger than six months in crates for more than three to four hours. 

On the other hand, Modern Dog Magazine says that puppies can stay in their crates for hours based on their month of age plus one. For example, a six-month-old puppy can stay in its crate for seven hours. 

However, the number of hours varies depending on your puppy’s behaviour. It’s best to observe your puppy for the first few weeks to have an idea of their limit. If your puppies accidentally pee and empty their bowel, they have likely been left in the crate too long. Ensure to give them time to exercise and relieve themselves before and after putting them in the crate.


Crate Time for Adult Dogs

Adult dogs can stay in the crate longer than puppies do. You can leave them for about half a day, but your dog should get enough exercise when he’s out of the crate. 

Many adult dogs can stay for as many as eight houses, but long hours in crates can affect your dog’s behaviour. If you work long hours every day, you can consider getting a dog walker to leaving your pet in a doggy daycare to shorten crate time. 


Risk of Overusing the Crate

Overusing the crate compromises the usefulness of training. For instance, if your dog relieves himself inside the crate, he may have more similar accidents in the future. Similar accidents mean that you can’t leave your pet anywhere safe without any issues. 

If you leave your dog inside the crate for too long, they will likely grow to fear crates instead of training them to be more relaxed inside it. In worse cases, dogs left in the crate for hours on end may develop health problems, difficulty following commands, and aggression issues. 

There’s a reason why dogs are called man’s best friend. They are social animals that love to interact with people and other dogs. Leaving them by themselves inside a crate causes them to get lonely. 

This is especially true for puppies, so it’s even more important not to leave them at home all day. Puppies younger than 14 weeks need to socialise with other people. Well-socialized puppies are more likely to grow into safe and relaxed adult dogs


Leaving Your Pet in the Crate While You Work

As mentioned, it’s not advisable to leave your pet locked in a crate while you’re at work for the day. However, this largely depends on your work schedule. 

The longest you can leave an adult dog inside a crate is eight hours, and that’s including their overnight sleeping time. Your dog needs to be active during the daytime. If you have flexible work hours, you can regularly check on your dog and take him out for walks. 

However, the number of hours you leave a dog in a crate depends on your pet and temperament. Be sure not to go over the maximum of two to four hours during the day. If you have a puppy and work long hours, you might want to look for other ways to keep them entertained. 


How to Crate-Train Your Dog

The duration of crate training depends on your dog’s age, previous experiences, and temperament. When training your dog, keep in mind that the crate should always be associated with something positive. Also, don’t rush; crate training usually takes time, so be sure to celebrate small victories.  

Here are steps on how to effectively crate train your puppy:


STEP 1: Introduce your dog to his new crate

Ideally, your pet’s crate should be placed in an area where you spend a lot of time, like in the living room. Put a soft blanket in the crate and remove the door so your dog can check it out whenever he wants to. 

Dogs are naturally curious. Some of them may even start sleeping in the crate right away. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for most dogs. 

Here’s what you can do if your dog is hesitant to go near the crate:


  1. Bring your pet near the crate and talk to them in a cheerful voice. Keep the crate door open and secure. 
  2. Encourage your dog to go inside the crate by putting small treats outside the crate, near the door, and inside the crate. If they don’t want to go in despite giving them treats, don’t force them. Again, take it slowly. 
  3. Continue to toss treats until your dog walks to the back of the crate. This can take a few minutes or several days. You can also try to throw in their favourite toy. 


STEP 2: Place your dog’s meals in the crate

The next step is to place your dog’s meals near the crate regularly. This is one of the ways to help your pet associate the crate with something pleasant. 


  1. If your pet has no problem going inside, you can place their meals at the back of the crate. 
  2. If they’re still hesitant, you can put the dish near the crate or inside it but near the door, whichever is comfortable for your pet. 
  3. Place the dish a little further into the crate every time you feed your pet. 
  4. If your pet is comfortable enough to eat inside the crate, you can slowly close the door as they’re eating. Make sure to open the door right after they eat the first time you do this. You can leave the door closed a few minutes longer after the first successful feeding. Do this until they can stay in the crate for about 10 minutes after eating. 
  5. If your dog starts to whine, you may have increased the crate’s time too quickly. Try to leave them inside for a shorter period. However, don’t let them out while they’re whining. Wait until they stop; otherwise, they might learn that you’ll let them out every time they complain.  


STEP 3: Keep your dog in the crate for short periods

Once your pet accustomed to eating inside the crate without anxiety, you can confine them inside for short periods while you’re at home. 


  1. Cheerfully call your pet over to the crate and give them a treat. 
  2. Give them a command to go inside the crate, like “inside” or “go in”. And then point inside the crate with a treat in hand. 
  3. Once your dog goes inside, compliment them, give them the treat, and then close the crate.
  4. Don’t leave your pet right away. Sit outside the crate for about five to seven minutes and then go to another room for another five minutes. Sit near the crate again for a few minutes before letting them out. 
  5. Repeat the same process three to four times a day and gradually increase the length of time you leave inside and when you’re in another room. 
  6. If your dog is comfortable enough to say inside the crate for half an hour without you near, you can start leaving them inside or sleeping at night. This process may take a few days or weeks.


STEP 4: Put your dog in the crate when you leave the house


Once your pet has no problem spending 30 minutes in the crate, the next step is to leave them inside for short periods while you leave the house. 


  1. Using the command you’ve given them along with a treat, ask your dog to come in the crate. To give them a sense of security, you can leave a cosy blanket and a few of their toys inside. 
  2. Crate your dog when you’re getting ready to leave, but make sure to switch it up. For example, today, you’re crating your dog five minutes before you go. The next day, put them in the crate 15 minutes before you leave. You can start crating your dog anywhere between five to 20 minutes before leaving.
  3. Don’t be emotional when you leave. Once your dog enters the crate, praise them briefly, give them their treat, and then leave. 


Your dog will naturally be excited when you return home. However, refrain from responding to them enthusiastically. When you arrive home, be casual about avoiding getting your pet anxious when you’ll return. 

To prevent your pet from associating crating with you leaving, continue to put them inside the crate for short periods when you’re home. 


STEP 5: Crate your dog during the nighttime

Before going to bed, put your dog inside the crate with your command and treat. You can set the crate in your bedroom or in the hallway to keep your pet more comfortable, especially if they’re still puppies. Puppies often need to go outside to relieve themselves during nighttime, so you want to be near enough to hear them whine. Adult dogs should also be kept nearby in the first few days not to associate crates with isolation. You can gradually move the crate to the location you want once your pet can comfortably sleep through the night. 


Potential Problems When Crate Training

While crate training, here are two of the most common problems pet owners face:



There can be two reasons why your dog whines in the crate at night: they want to go out of the crate, or they need to pee or poo. If you diligently followed the training procedures, your dog knows that whining doesn’t release them from the crate. If your dog is just testing you, they will most likely stop in a few minutes. Please don’t yell at them or pound their crate; otherwise, they’ll become more and more anxious. 

If the whining persists even after a few minutes, ask your dog if they want to go outside to pee. You can take them outside if they respond with excitement. However, this trip isn’t playtime, so go out and come right back in afterwards. 

If you think that your dog doesn’t need to eliminate waste, you can ignore them until they stop whining. Giving in will only teach them to complain some more to get what they want. If you took your time and gradually progressed through the training steps, there’s a slight chance that your dog will whine at night. If the whining becomes uncontrollable, you might need to go through the crate training process again. 


Separation Anxiety

You shouldn’t place a dog with separation anxiety inside a crate. This will only worsen the situation. You can only resolve separation anxiety through desensitisation procedures. Soiling the house, excessive drooling, scratching doors and windows, trying to escape, nonstop barking and whining, and destructive chewing are some of the signs that your dog suffers from separation anxiety. If your dog exhibits any of these symptoms, seek professional help as soon as possible. 


How to Create a Comfortable Crate for Your Pet

Your dog should think of their crate as their safe space. An area to relax after a walk in the park or a place where they sleep and eat. Your pet’s crate should be filled with all of their favourite things, and you need to add more as you train them to sleep in it. Add their favourite pillows and blankets, their toys, along with a timed feeder and a water bowl. You can even transform the crate to look like a bit of a house. Once they’re entirely comfortable, place the crate in your house’s quietest place, like your bedroom. 


What NOT to Put Inside the Crate

If you’re planning to decorate your dog’s crate, here are some of the things you need to avoid:


  • They are placing the crate near plants poisonous to dogs. Crates in the living room are generally not a nice thing to look at. Pet owners in the UK try to beautify the area by placing potted plants nearby. This wouldn’t be a problem if the plants you put weren’t poisonous to dogs. To make sure, you can visit ASPCA Animal Poison Control to see the list of toxic plants. 
  • You are placing the crate near hot and cold areas. To keep your pet comfortable and safe, be sure to place them away from hot and cold areas, such as baseboards, fireplaces, etc.
  • You are bringing collars and tags inside the cage. Remove your pet’s collars and tags before you let them inside the crate. This is because dangling dog tags can get caught in the wires, causing your pet to choke. 
  • They are placing the crate near electric and power cords. Playful dogs may sometimes pull nearby electric cords into their crate and chew on them. Be sure to place the crate away from these hazards to avoid harm. 


Other Ways to Keep Your Dog Entertained While You’re at Work

If you want to minimise crate time, here are a few ways you can keep your dog entertained while you’re at work:


Try Coming Home for Lunch

If you can, come home for lunch at least two to three times a week. If there are several people in the household, you can take turns to visit your pet during lunch break to let them out. 


Use a Dog-Walking Service

Did you know that you could hire someone to walk your dog? It’s a good idea to hire a dog walker on days when you’re unable to come home.

Professional dog walkers offer several services, including a quick home visit, a walk in the neighbourhood, or even training your dog in your home while you’re out. The drawback is that there are a lot of horrible dog-walking services in the market. Be sure to do your research and ask for referrals from family and friends. 

Another option would be to hire someone you trust to come to your house to walk and play with your dog. 


Enrol Your Pet in Doggie Daycare

Doggie daycares can be expensive. But if you have the cash to spare, you can enrol your dog, even just for one to two days a week. However, not every dog likes daycare. But if your puppy enjoys other dogs’ company, enrolling them in daycare is a great way to meet your pet’s social and physical needs. 

Just like dog walkers, no two doggie daycares are the same. Do your research, ask for referrals, and pick the daycares that are clean and staffed with professionals. It’s important to know that doggie daycare is mostly for adult dogs and not for puppies. 


Bring Your Dog to Work Day

Not everyone can bring his or her pets to work, but if you can, bring Fido with you! If your pet has separation anxiety, you can always ask a superior if you can get your pet to the office. Even though it may seem highly unlikely, some companies allow employees to bring their pets if they ask. 


Ask Someone to Visit Your Dog

You can ask your neighbour, your friends, or a kid who needs a summer job. Ask them to go to your house at least once a day to let your dog out. Your pet will surely love a midday visit from his friend.


Final Thoughts

To crate or not to crate? You decide to make. 

Observe your furry friend. If your dog enjoys spending time in their crate, you may leave their crate open to them for most of the day. However, be sure to give them access to other parts of your British home, such as the yard, so they can come and go whenever they like. 

If you think your dog has destructive behaviours or if he is a danger to himself, you can limit your pet’s access to certain parts of your home in the UK. 

On the other hand, if you’ve decided that keeping a dog in a cage all day is not a viable solution, there are other solutions to keep them entertained while you’re away. You might want to consider a doggy daycare or pet-sitting services. 

Gel memory foam mattress how long to expand

How Long To Expand Gel Memory Foam Mattress?

Gel memory foam mattress how long to expand? Have you ever heard of gel memory foam mattresses?

If it does sound new, it is a type or a kind of memory foam mattress sold.

Memory foams are famous in the mattress industry. It is known as one of the best mattresses one can have. It has so many benefits to give out.

You might be familiar with composes a traditional memory foam mattress and how long it takes to expand fully.

Some memory foam mattresses might be unfamiliar and odd for some people. But then these things exist.

Knowing that memory foam mattresses get sold out quickly and have a very friendly and sturdy foundation, many people look forward to one. In this article, we explain how long does a memory foam mattress take to expand?


How Long To Expand Gel Memory Foam Mattress?

Gel memory foam mattress how long to expand?

Memory foam variants are found all over the world. Manufacturers may export it from one place to another.

And a gel memory foam mattress doesn’t differ much from your traditional memory foam mattress. Let’s say it is a better version of such.

I will give you a brief background about the gel memory foam mattress. It has the same materials as what is used in the usual one.

Somehow, what makes it better is that the producers of gel memory foam mattresses infused the mattress with some gel beads, specifically the cooling gel.

That doesn’t change that they are both memory foam mattresses, and they both serve the same purpose.

With that, they might come the same way. They are both called mattresses in a box. When you order it, it also can be compressed or rolled up like normal.

A gel memory foam mattress, like any other memory foam mattress, does expand at the same time.

Since it when through almost every process, they will come out the same.

The expansion of this famous gel memory foam mattress would take about a day or two. And that’s similar to 24 to 48 hours for the standard memory foam mattress.

It expands the same with the memory foam alone. When you open the box and let it stay at your room temperature, it would slowly rise and expand.

It would help to lay it on a flat surface to expand at the right level and time given.

It also comes with an instruction flyer together with the box.

Following the advised period and other instructions would make your life easier. It would lessen your worries when it comes to the mattress expanded.

Be very careful when you are unboxing it using scissors or a cutter.

Even small damages could mean big. It could also affect the expansion process.

What would happen if you slept on it while 24 hours have not passed yet?

Find out here.

Linked along is the expansion process of a standard memory foam mattress.

Maybe that can help you give you ideas on what do’s and don’ts you have to apply.

It is better to have enough knowledge when it comes to this matter.


What Is Better: A Memory Foam Mattress Or A Gel Memory Foam Mattress?

You must be very curious about these two and what is the real deal between them. A lot of people are thinking of what is better between the two.

Both can be the right choice when looking for a mattress that could resist pressure upon laying down in it.

Both works for the said to set up.

But then again, remember that the material used on these two is primarily similar except for a few added gel memory foam mattresses.

When it comes to sturdiness, quality, and strength, both will work correctly. Both mattresses are on the same page in this, and no one gets better from the other.

That would only differ from the producers. Different companies maintain different standards, and you have to understand that.

Talking about comfort and the feeling, one would bring home the bacon.

These two could give convenience when you are lying down.

On the other side, a gel memory foam mattress can give you a better feeling and a more comfortable experience. It comes with one particular component.

It is unique to have cooling gel beads that give off a cooling effect when you lay down. It also helps when the temperature gets high.

You know that a mattress gets warm when the temperature is. And too thick a mattress could make you feel a little warmer than the thicker ones.

But then, having those cooling gels infused into its gel memory foam mattress is way ahead of its competitor.

The traditional one is way cheaper for the price, but if you’re looking for a good investment, then gel memory foam mattresses are the best choice.

Regardless, it would still be up to you.


When buying a mattress, you have to consider many things before, during, and after purchasing it. That takes so much patience to win over.

We have answered, “Gel memory foam mattress, how long to expand?”

I hope you had the idea and answer to your question.

It is worth the wait and money as always. It is just a day or two, so be very patient and enjoy the cooling mattress.

egg crate mattress pad how to use

The Right Way Egg Crate Mattress Pad How To Use?

Do you know what’s an egg crate mattress pad how to use it? Laying down on a mattress makes us feel comfortable, indeed.

But we can always add something to that, like a topper, so how do we use an egg crate mattress pad?

There are so many egg crate foam UK mattresses that you can find in stores, online shops, and even furniture shops.

But then have you already found the right one for you?

When you are buying a good quality mattress, you are also buying something pricy.

Of course, that is given. But then you can always look for affordable ones.

In an instance that you would want to add something to make a simple mattress feel luxurious and more comfortable, go for egg crate mattress topper UK-manufactured on top of it.

These famous egg crate mattress pads are one good topper.

But people get confused about how you should use it. Isn’t it upside down?


How To Use Egg Crate Mattress Pad?

Egg crate mattress pad how to use?

Egg crate mattress is famous for the surface it has on one side.

It indeed looks and feels like an egg crate, which is why it has so much comfort.

You want to follow these steps to put the pad on the top of your bed successfully.

One and for most, this is your choice, so it is always up to you if you would want to follow these or not.

Step #1. Buy your egg crate pad

Of course, you have to find good quality and the most recommended egg crate pad to buy.

It needs to be worth it since the purpose of it is to make things better.

You can find one from local shops near you or even online.

You can ask the staff at the malls, furniture shops for their best seller egg crate mattress.

When shopping online, you can check the star ratings, comments, and reviews of those who have already bought the product.


Step #2. Unbox your mattress pad

When you already have it at home.

Unbox it or remove the cover on it, getting it ready for the transfer afterwards.

Make sure that you will put it on a clean surface or just above its plastic bag.


Step #3. Remove the bed cover

The next thing that you need to do is to remove the bed cover of your mattress.

You have to do this because you should place the topper right above the mattress.

Set it aside for a while, or you can wash it off if you would want to.


Step #4. Add in the egg crate mattress pad

By then, you have to add in your egg crate mattress pad.

This step confuses a lot of people who may be like you.

But then, let’s end that confusion for now.

You bought the mattress pad for you to have a good sleep and a more comfortable surface to sleep on, so you might as well find out how to do it properly.

However, you might see that the rough surface that is like an egg crate should be pointed on top.

It has its reasons why you should do it that way.

You see, the spaces between the pointed things on it create space for air to flow out of the mattress.

So, it would not trap the hot air and temperature inside.

The structure provides ventilation on the mattress and proper air circulation.

Making you feel relaxed as if the bed is massaging your body.

A lot of this occurs when your egg crate mattress pad is placed rightly on top of your mattress. Make sure it is aligned well.


Step #5. Fit it up

The next step is to find a suitable bed sheet or cover.

You have to find a bed cover covering the whole mattress’s width, length, and thickness, including the topper you added.

You can use your old mattress cover if it has enough space left; if it does not, you have to find another bed cover set to work well with the whole bed.

Is adding an egg crate mattress pad necessary?

For some people, indeed it is. If you are confident enough about how comfortable and cool your mattress is, you do not have to.

It only applies to those who want to add something to make their sleep better and feel like sleeping on the clouds.

Egg crate mattress has benefits that can help you, as mentioned.

It can relax your body well, it gives a message-type feeling, and its bumps give off satisfaction.

If you have extra money to buy one, I suggest you buy one.

When you cannot sleep well due to warm temperature and uncomfortable mattress, this is made for you.

You are your hero. Do what makes your situation better. Working hard to get good things for one’s self is never selfish. Treat yourself to doing a good job.



When you plan for an upgrade or something new for a mattress, make sure you know how to do it.

Lack of proper knowledge could make it worse instead of making it better.

And we answered, “Egg crate mattress pad how to use?” I hope you are now confident about how to do it properly.

How to make an outdoor mattress

How To Make An Outdoor Bed Mattress? In 6 Easy Steps

How to make an outdoor bed mattress? Making the most of your old mattress is a brilliant idea.

Putting it up as something that works outdoor would be perfect.

Seeing a mattress, sofa, or any other things inside the house is too familiar. It would be fun to innovate something that could also be part of your exterior.

Most of us walk inside the tour house to rest and relax. I thought that there are times where laying down inside is too dull.

So, I have thought of ways to have good air to breathe, a comfortable space to lay in, and a breathtaking view of nature comes in.


Steps To Make An Outdoor Bed Mattress

Making an outdoor bed mattress is no joke.

There are many things to pull off, but then, a new experience is worth the try.

Have you ever thought of putting up your bed outdoors to have a good view, breathe some fresh air, and feel the bliss of nature?

Well, if you haven’t, this article might change your mind.

This activity or project could be helpful, and it is beneficial.

When you have a good quality mattress and go for an upgrade, you can’t just throw the old one if it is still usable.

It would help if you thought of ways to innovate it.

So, how to make an outdoor bed mattress?

You can make an outdoor bed mattress if you would like.

Follow these steps, and I assure you everything will be worth it.

Step #1. Prep the materials

You will be needing a bunch of materials that are affordable in making the bed frame.

One is to have boards, 2×4×80 inches for the centre.

And then two pieces 1×2×75 inches for support.

Another is a 4×4 post for the legs.

Cut it for 12 inches long per leg; a bunch of wood screws that are 3 inches long.

12 pieces of 4 inches screws round head screws that have bolted.

Wood glue, drill, Phillips screwdriver, and wrenches are all the materials you have to use.


Step #2. Making the centre frame

Start by cutting the materials. Your body frame must measure 8- inches in height and 76 inches.

For the headboard, you will need 2×6×76 inches.

The support for the headboard is about 2×6 ×17 inches in dimension.

Just glue and screw all the sides for your bed frame. First, attach the inside to the side.

And then, measure the inside of the board frame and cut out another piece of wood.

Stick it into the centre of the frame. That will serve as support.


Step #3. Attach the legs

And when you already settle the frame, you have to think of the next step.

That is attaching the legs of the bed frame for support. You can work on it upside down.

It would work easier that way.

The stopper of the mattress must be on the bottom side. Put the legs inside the board, making sure it will attach correctly.

You can drill on each side of every leg to make sure but be careful not to hit the screw on to where you drilled on the other side.


Step #4. Add a headboard

On the part where you would want to put a headboard, you may.

Set up the 2×6 ×17 vertically drill it into one of the ends of your bed frame.

See to it that when you put these two pieces of wood, it would be on both sides’ centre.

It would make it even and well proportioned.

The length of what you have added to the headboard will be the same as making the frame’s base.

Add in horizontal woods on the three base blocks of wood.

It does not need to be intact.

You can leave 1 inch every time you are going to add a piece of horizontal wood.

Make sure it sticks to the end wood and level it on the bottom part of that wood piece.

Use glue, then add screws to secure it. Then use the longer piece of wood.

Please attach it to the base for the headboard.

Make sure you mark it where the two bases would be glued or screwed. There are no rooms for mistakes.


Step #5. Paint

The last step for the mattress frame is to paint it to look beautiful and pretty. You can choose your colour of choice.

But I would advise you to go for a chocolate brown or black colour.


Step #6. Throw in mattress

The last and final step is where you would add in your old mattress.

Make it look pretty by adding the right beddings and a set of pillow on top of it.

Making the most out of your old mattress is one of the best ways to innovate somehow.

But then, if you are thinking of dumping it check this out.



When you have an old mattress that is still in good condition, you can always repurpose it.

One example is making an outdoor bed mattress.

And now that we have answered, “How to make an outdoor bed mattress?”

I hope you have enough ideas and ways to make your outdoor bed mattress work well.

What is a mattress cover

What Is A Mattress Cover? Brilliant Facts You Must Know!

What is a mattress cover? When you have either a luxurious mattress or a simple and cheap one, you surely want to keep it for a long time by using a cover.

You want to know what could make your mattress live long and interact less with pests, dust, and other forms of dirt.

It is better to make things work and last longer than usual. It is all up to you how you protect and preserve your mattress.

Many people don’t know how one is different from another since when a person adds it to the same thing, it confuses a lot.

A mattress cover is far different from a mattress pad.

You sure know that a mattress pad is another layer for a mattress, and it is a part of it.


What Is A Mattress Cover?

What is a mattress cover?

Unlike the mattress pad, the mattress is cover is thin and very light. It does not give too much weight.

Do you want to know more? Keep reading to be enlightened.

People sure do know what cover means. It acts like a coating or a barrier to a particular thing.

When policemen say “cover,” it means to protect themselves from enemies.

Are you getting a hint about a mattress cover now? If yes, that’s good, and if not, that’s fine.

I’ll explain it to you further.

People usually use mattress covers to cover the mattress. But that goes down to a lot of uses and work for the mattress cover.

Many often use it to protect the mattress from pests coming in that could ruin the material used and in hotels to limit the transfer of odour from one guest to another.

Indeed mattress cover has a lot of purposes.

It also depends on the material to make it; one can make it of plastic more useful.

When a guest, friend, or family member vomits into your mattress, you’ll have a hard time cleaning it. But then plastic mattress covers would save you from it.

It would avoid all dirt, including spilled liquids to enter the mattress that is a must-have in your house.

A mattress cover can also be your turning point in having a good-looking bed. Once your mattress is old, it gets dirty looking, and signs of usage show up.

One way to hide those flaws found on your mattress is to add luxury-looking mattress covers to make it look elegant and new.

Mattress covers are also the right way of protecting guests if it is for a hotel or even a hospital. You can avoid the spread of bacteria, odour, etc.

You can change the bed cover from time to time, not giving out too much mess and dirt to clean on your mattress.

It can help you save time, and it also gives off comfort and a good feeling when you sleep. You decide on what type you would want to add to your mattress.

Is the mattress pad and mattress cover the same?

While reading the question, you might get to think that it isn’t since it was two different names on it, right?

I will give you more things to avoid confusion and to clarify it out.

A lot of people make things complicated that they believe one piece of information is right.

A mattress pad is like a mattress, and it has some thickness on it containing some foam.

Or when you say mattress pad, it must be a topper for a bed to add in comfort.

People often use it to add bulk and thickness to one’s mattress, feeling uncomfortable or no longer suitable for sleeping.

Mattress pads ensure that you will have a good sleeping surface. It stands as a temporary solution for a mattress that is losing its support.

It is not necessary to add a mattress pad to your mattress. And that is one of the things they differ on. A mattress cover is a must on your bed.

Your mattress won’t be complete if there is no mattress cover on it. The mattress cover would serve as protection for the whole bed.

If you wish for a long-living mattress and something that could grow old with you, you have to make sure it is protected.

Dirt, fluids, and even the odour that create contact with the mattress can damage it slowly.

One thing that you can do is to avoid such by adding a cover to it.

It is up to you if you would like to purchase one.

You have to consider the purpose of it and the material of it. Bed covers are usually thinner than mattress pads.

That’s the truth behind everybody’s confusion.

Again, a mattress pad is far different from a mattress cover. Put that in mind and spread the information.



When you run a household, hotel, or even hospitals, you have to know every single thing, even the most minor details.

What is the use of one thing and how important is it to have is a matter you should consider.

I hope you cleared your mind of “What is a mattress cover?” at least you now have enough information to say that you know its uses.

How to get rid of the mattress smell

How To Get Rid Of New Mattress Smell? 3 Easy Methods To Trust!

How to get rid of new mattress smell?  Sometimes a new mattress smells a little after removing it from its packaging, especially those made out of synthetic materials.

They contain some hazardous chemicals like retardants, for example, that are behind this smell.

The mattress is kept inside a plastic bag to keep it clean before someone purchases it is also why odours of the chemicals are trapped inside.

For this problem, many mattress manufacturers suggested that airing out the mattress thoroughly for at least five days before covering it with sheets.

Other than this, there could be many ways to get rid of the new mattress smell, which we will have to discuss below.

But before that, let us know why it is essential to remove the smell first.


Why Does It Matter Anyway?

Materials like polyurethane foam one can use to make synthetic mattresses, including your toddler and baby mattresses.

Such a material emits VOCs or volatile organic compounds. Aside from the odour, these compounds can also cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks.

Formaldehyde present on the adhesive that holds the mattress parts together is another chemical that can bring potential harm.

But as for the smell, the main culprit behind this is the flame retardants required in almost all mattresses.

These retardants cause the chemical fumes we often smell on new mattresses.

Unfortunately, almost all mattresses, including the all-natural ones, contain this particular ingredient.

Not unless the packaging or tag states otherwise.

3 Methods To Off-Gas The Odor Of The New Mattress

Do not be disturbed by the smell of your new mattress because you can get rid of them in the following ways.

Here are the ways on how to get rid of new mattress smell:


Method #1. Keeping it fresh

The most optimal solution in eliminating the odour of your new mattress is treating it with fresh air.

Whether you purchase a mattress made of memory foam or the traditional innerspring design, you must get rid of the odour first.

Or even the crib mattresses for your baby can benefit from fresh-air treatment, not just for a better smell but also for increased safety.

To do this, you have to remove the covering or the wrapper – commonly a plastic bag – then air it outside. Precisely, place it somewhere protected.

For example, you can put it on an open garage or a screened-in porch wherein air can flow, and at the same time, airborne debris cannot get through.

Airing out the mattress must be done for several days.

Such a period is enough for chemicals to off-gas and leaves your bed.

In case the mattress is exposed to the pollen of other debris, you have to vacuum it with an upholstery brush.

If you can’t find a suitable location outdoors, you can just set your mattress in an unused room and then open the room windows.


Method #2. Use baking soda

Sometimes, airing it out is not enough to get rid of the smell.

If that is the case with you, try sprinkling some baking soda on your mattress and let it sit.

Vacuum the powder after leaving it there overnight.

Do the same on the other side of the mattress the next day.

You can also mix about 20 drops of essential oils into the baking soda before you sprinkle it onto your mattress so that it can retain the scent for several days.


Method #3. Room freshener

Some brand new mattresses can make the whole room smell for several days. Using a dash of vinegar can be very useful for this.

You can place some bowls filled with vinegar inside the room. Leave the room with its doors closed behind and allow the vinegar to absorb the odours overnight.

It is also helpful in deodorising the drains.


Other Things To Keep In Mind

People do not typically lose formaldehyde in manufacturing premium quality mattresses.

Most often than not, only the low quality or the cheaper ones contains it.

To avoid mattresses that emit fumes or those that off-gas, opt to buy those mattresses made of plant oils.

Or you can get those natural latex mattresses. If you are not familiar with this, one can extract natural latex is extracted from plant materials that also produce natural rubber.

That particular type of material is not as harmful and offensive as petroleum and polyurethane used for other mattresses.

And while you’re at it, you might want to clean your new mattress before using it. A wipe or vacuuming the surface will be enough.

Regardless, that’s how you get rid of the mattress smell. I hope you learned a lot!


It’s A Wrap!

Experts recommend that most manufacturers air it out for several days before you sleep on it when dealing with the smell of new mattresses.

You can execute the fresh-air treatment in your garage to prevent debris from getting on it. Or you can place it inside a well-ventilated room.

Others also claim that new mattresses one can already use few hours after you unwrap their plastic coverings.

It varies across different brands, though. Judge it using your nose.

Just remember not to sleep on a brand new mattress if the off-gassing odour still smells very strong.

If the strong odour persists for more than two weeks, it might be a good idea to return it and find a new mattress.

Nevertheless, thank you for reading “How to get rid of new mattress smell?” Have a good day!

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